Simpsonville man accused of child sex crimes

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man on child sex crimes.

According to a sheriff’s office news release, investigators started an investigation on Aug. 9 after receiving information about a possible exploitation of a child.

During the investigation, investigators found several images of Brian Sturdivant, Jr., 31, of Simpsonville, engaging in sexual acts with a child, who was 8 years old at the time.

According to the release, information about another unidentified victim was revealed during the investigation, and investigators believe that the incidents took place during the summer of 2016.

Sturdivant was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of first-degree exploitation of a minor.

He remains in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

Investigators also believe there may be other victims.

“We encourage people who might have information that they might feel is seemingly insignificant to come forward with it because that might be the missing piece to the puzzle that our investigators need to try to tie in or identify an additional victim,” said Lt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Investigators at 864-467-4139 or Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME.

A records check with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division showed that Sturdiant was arrested earlier this year for child sex crimes. Warrants show he was arrested by Simpsonville Police in April, accused of having child porn.

Activist Traci Fant with Freedom Fighters Upstate said Sturdivant was a DJ who frequently played at Greenville clubs. She said many people who know him are shocked by the charges.

“I just really was shocked when it came out,” Fant said. “When it came out, I was like are you kidding me now? I’m still shocked. I’m still surprised by it.”

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